Fab Academy is a Digital Fabrication program directed by Neil Gershenfeld of MIT’s Center For Bits and Atoms and based on MIT’s rapid prototyping course, MAS 863: How to Make (Almost) Anything.

The Fab Academy offers a 6 month program on digital fabrication.

The Fab Academy offers Certificates on relevant technical topics, and a Diploma aimed at vocational and technical training. Fab Academy Certificates provide familiarity with technical options and capabilities, hands-on experience, and direction for further study. Each requires, and is evaluated by, developing and documenting projects. They are periodically renewed to reflect best practices. Each Certificate typically requires one week. They are combined in the Diploma, which is roughly comparable to completing MIT’s rapid-prototyping course ‘How To Make (almost) Anything’. Progress is evaluated by skills and projects rather than time or credits.

During this 6 month program, students learn how to envision, prototype and document their projects and ideas through many hours of hands-on experience with digital fabrication tools, taking a variety of code formats and turning them into physical objects.

→ Fab Academy MTL tuition fee: 5000USD$

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In Fab Lab échoFab, located in the heart of the Montréal Innovation District, you will have the chance to be immersed and interact in a innovative and dynamic ecosystem.

Fab Academy Montréal provides a unique, intensive and immersive opportunity to increase your knowledge and creative capacity.

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The aim of the course is to create figures capable of managing and understanding the various aspects of digital production, stimulating students with a comprehensive and multisectoral vision through a methodology focused on the transmission of concepts bound to the use and experimentation of digital tools and applications.

The movement of makers, digital artisans, Fab Labs or hackerspace, thanks to exponential growth in recent years, is now creating a new digital economy.

The Academy’s goal is to shape and stimulate future professionals in this new digital revolution.

Diploma / Individual Fab Academy Certificates:

The diploma combines 19 certificates provide familiarity with technical options and capabilities, hands-on experience, and direction for further study. The certificates are:

  • Digital fabrication principles and practices – 1 week
  • Computer-aided design, manufacturing, and modelling – 1 week
  • Computer-controlled cutting – 1 week
  • Electronics design and production – 2 weeks
  • Computer-controlled machining – 1 week
  • Embedded programming – 1 week
  • 3D molding and casting – 1 week
  • 3D scanning and printing – 1 week
  • Sensors, actuators, and displays – 2 weeks
  • Interface and application programming – 1 week
  • Embedded networking and communications – 1 week
  • Machine design – 2 weeks
  • Digital fabrication applications and implications – 1 week
  • Invention, intellectual property, and business models – 1 week
  • Digital fabrication project development – 2 weeks

Check the Fab Academy content archive for more information.


The Academy course is open to any type of professionals, students or curious individuals.

Over the years, the Academy was attended by children, engineers, designers, musicians, computer scientists and students. Thanks to the open course orientation, each participant can create within the Academy an own research path aimed at producing a final project that covers the topics discussed in the course.

The versatility of the program is in fact evidenced by the diversity of topics and proposals presented annually by students. All, as always, can be seen online.

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Each lab that participates in the Fab Academy program is part of a global Fab Lab / Fab Academy network. The local branches of the Fab Academy work with other participating Fab Labs and experts from around the wold via a distributed educational model in which we pool our knowledge to provide a unique educational experience.

We watch and participate in global lectures broadcasted from MIT on Wednesdays at 9:00 am – 12:00 pm EST. The lectures are recorded and available to students throughout the semester. In addition to the lectures, there are two lab days each week where students have access the digital fabrication equipment and personal help with projects.

Fab Academy faculty who are leading professionals in their respective fields provide global video lectures, supervise academic content, and guide research. Hands-on instruction in the labs is provided by instructors who supervise and evaluate Certificates, develop and disseminate instructional material, and assist with projects.

For more information please check: http://www.fabacademy.org/diploma